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A brief summary of how the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) developed through
1968 the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the President’s
Council on Physical Fitness and Sports piloted the NYSP concept.
1969 NYSP was founded as a federally funded 5 week summer program
for economically disadvantaged youth and held on college and university campuses
throughout the county. Government funding was provided from the US Department
of Health and Human Services and US Department of Agriculture.
1988 NYSP was offered for the first time on the campus of WVU and
has been conducted by the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences ever
2005 federal funding was cut from the NYSP program.
2006 many universities, including WVU, were looking for alternative
funding to continue the NYSP at their sites.
2007 WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences financially
support NYSP despite federal cuts. University support, along with local
community support from individuals, merchants, smaller state and local grants,
and the USDA Summer Food Program have all helped defray financial costs
of the program over the years.
2010 National Youth Sports Revitalization Act was unsuccessfully
proposed to congress.
2012 WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences celebratied
25 years of offering NYSP to the community. In 2005 there were 202
participating institutions and in summer of 2012 WVU was one of 16
institutions hosting NYSP.